Conrad Murray Trial: Defense Rests Case After Murray Declines Taking Stand

After determining that he would not take the stand in his own defense, Dr. Conrad Murray's defense team has rested and the trial will now go to closing arguments, jury instructions, deliberations and finally a verdict which will determine if Murray is responsible for the death of Michael Jackson in 2009.

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After determining that he would not take the stand in his own defense, Dr. Conrad Murray’s defense team has rested and the trial will now go to closing arguments, jury instructions, deliberations and finally a verdict which will determine if Murray is responsible for the death of Michael Jackson in 2009.

Earlier on Tuesday, Murray told Judge Michael Pastor of L.A. Superior Court, “My decision is that I will not testify in this matter.” His decision leads the court toward the end of the trial. But attorneys took the opportunity to question the two expert witnesses in the case, Dr. Paul White, who took the stand for the defense, and Dr. Steven Shafer who was called by the prosecution.

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White’s questioning was not without drama when on Monday, prosecutor David Walgren exchanged words over White’s belief that Michael Jackson self-administered a lethal dose of propofol. White was also slapped with a $1,000 contempt-of-court fine for continuing to refer to his conversations with Murray despite Pastor’s warnings not to do so.

After a few final questions of the two witnesses and the decisions by both sides to rest, Pastor recessed the trial, ordering the jury back on Thursday, when closing arguments are expected to begin. Murray has pleaded not guilty, but if convicted he faces up to four years imprisonment and loss of his medical license.

Madison Gray is Homepage Producer at TIME.com. Find him on Twitter at @madisonjgray. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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